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Friday, 23 September 2016

Navy Ballerina-length Dress and Chunky Sandals.

Fake Fabulous | Navy Finery Midi-dress, grey and taupe accessories & Chunky Vagabond sandals.

I've had this navy long-length dress in my wardrobe for a few months now.
I bought it as soon as it came in stock (as it looked so cool on the model) but it has hung in my wardrobe, unworn, since it arrived.

The long ballerina-length hemline (that looked so great on the model) has thrown me slightly in real life.

{See me trying midi-lengths, here and here}

Fake Fabulous | Navy Finery Midi-dress, grey and taupe accessories & Chunky Vagabond sandals.

So, today I wanted to stop avoiding this dress, and get it worn!

I decided to style it simply, with grey (and taupe) accessories.
The draped front of this dress is a feature in itself, so long earrings, and a resin buckle belt, were all of the embellishment it needed.

Fake Fabulous | Navy Finery Midi-dress, grey and taupe accessories & Chunky Vagabond sandals.

The dress is so comfortable that I wondered why I had not been wearing it sooner!
However, the wool content of the fabric makes it more suitable for a more autumnal day.
{I think I will use that as my excuse for it being neglected for so long.}

The weather today was still warm enough for me to wear my chunky sandals.
I love a chunky shoe!

The sandals also give a little more height to the exposed part of my leg, as well as some toughness.
Red nails finished my look off nicely.

DRESS: Finery
SHOES: Vagabond (on sale now)
NAILS: Ciate
BELT: Old (this one is nice)
BAG: Dune (this one is fab!)
EARRINGS: Very, very old! ...these are lovely.

Do you ever buy an item early, only leave it hanging in your wardrobe for ages?
How would you style this awkward length?

Please share your thoughts, in the comments.
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19 comments

  1. This is a good look for you Samantha: simple, and classy with a twist. The sandals are the clever twist to give it an edge. Well played my lovely. Smokey eyes are rather fab too! Have a good weekend x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Anna! I am so glad you noticed my eyes, I was trying something new :oD XXX

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  2. I love the top portion with the cool crossover and such. But the length certainly is different than what I'm used to---not that it's bad. But personally, i'd shorten it some!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I wanted to Jodie!
      Just because it is so abnormal for me!
      But I have resisted because I need to try new things... otherwise I worry about being stuck in that "frumpy rut" that we all want to avoid.
      I am going to try it with boots next.
      XXX

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  3. Well done. Elegant and modern. You look very envyable. Is that a word? I mean I can see many women envy you as you walk by haha. Seriously.
    Greetje

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    1. You are very kind Greetje!
      Enviable... it is a word. I don't know if it applies to me though! LOL
      XXX

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  4. I agree with Greetje. This dress has a sophistication and grace about it. My first thought was that you seem to have stepped out of the 40's. There is a bit of a vintage vibe here don't you think?
    You used lovely moder accessories and I love the crossover bodice. This is a "classy" dress.
    You look beautiful with your wavy hair and yes! ..a lovely smokey eye as Anna said. Nice!!

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  5. I agree with Greetje. This dress has a sophistication and grace about it. My first thought was that you seem to have stepped out of the 40's. There is a bit of a vintage vibe here don't you think?
    You used lovely moder accessories and I love the crossover bodice. This is a "classy" dress.
    You look beautiful with your wavy hair and yes! ..a lovely smokey eye as Anna said. Nice!!

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    1. I agree Judy!
      It has a vintage vibe. Thank you so much for your kind words.
      I am all muted and minimal here....not like my usual really! It's fun to mix things up a bit from time to time :oP XXX

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  6. I love this color on you Sam, very vibrant! Loving your longer hair as well. You asked how one might style the dress, I can picture it with a pair of higher heeled block ankle booties in olive.. or black or...those very high rich green pumps you've worn on here☺
    Looking lovely!
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  7. I love this color on you Sam, very vibrant! Loving your longer hair as well. You asked how one might style the dress, I can picture it with a pair of higher heeled block ankle booties in olive.. or black or...those very high rich green pumps you've worn on here☺
    Looking lovely!
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess!
      Yes....boots are next.
      It's suddenly too cold for bare toes.
      Autumn has landed. XXX

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  8. I love the color and the draped front! It s so feminine. And I like the lenght of your hair!

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  9. I love the color and the draped front! It s so feminine. And I like the lenght of your hair!

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      I liked the front too... something a little different.
      As for the hair, it's getting there.
      I keep going to get it tidied up to help with the craziness. XXX

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  10. Samantha I'm so glad you decided to try again with the dress - it's a beauty! The neckline is very unusual and the belt (especially being grey) is the perfect choice. Plus I'm loving your longer hair, it always was stunning anyway but the full waves suit you beautifully :)

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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    1. Thank you Catherine.
      These colours are not the usual "me" but it's nice to keep experimenting, isn't it? :oD
      As for the hair...it's great to change it up now and then!
      XXX

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  11. you rock your dress, and it looks really comfy!. It's not my favorite lenght, but you manage it nicely!, I like how your belt add interest and it matches your bag too! Nice details that make you look statuesque!. And lovely chunky sandals!
    besos

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    1. It's an awkward length Monica, isn't it?
      I am still not 100% convinced, if I'm honest. I think chunky boots and tights might help?
      Anyway, thank you for using the word "statuesque"....hahahaha...I love that (I am not) :oP XXX

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